It isn't that uncommon for people to pick up second jobs during the holidays to help relieve some of the financial stress, but apparently our automaton friends feel the fiscal pinch this time of year, too. A handful of General Motors assembly line robots are picking up some extra shifts at Santa's workshop this year wrapping presents.

In addition to stuffing and wrapping boxes, the robots' duties also include spot welding labels onto the gifts (who even knew that was possible?). The work looks boring and monotonous, but at least these GM robots were able to find a second job.

Watch the elves and robots team up to get presents wrapped in the video below, so Santa can deliver them to children in his fancy sleigh: a 45th Anniversary Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible.


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GM Manufacturing Robots Send Holiday Greetings
Some of 25,000 robots used globally pause for present packing


2012-12-14

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – A few of General Motors' 25,000 manufacturing robots are taking a break from their daily welding, fastening and painting chores to spread some holiday cheer.

Of course, it's a strictly programmed activity, not a rogue rise of the machines. While unusual, the ho, ho, ho-larious task is just an offshoot of GM's drive to develop flexible manufacturing systems. GM has influenced the development of a variety of robots – including those used in stamping, welding, painting, and assembly.

Fifty years ago, GM manufacturing engineers helped define the robotics industry. The company's 1961 collaboration with "Father of Robotics" Joseph Engelberger resulted in the first industrial robot used in a GM production facility, and is generally regarded as a technological/industrial milestone.

GM also played a key role in development of the robotics industry with the 1982 establishment of the GMFanuc joint venture. FANUC, as it is known today, is one of the world's largest makers of industrial robots.

GM still leads the industry in the development and use of commercial robotics in its manufacturing processes, purchasing and implementing approximately 3,000 robots globally each year.

General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM's brands include Chevrolet and Cadillac, as well as Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com.


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      Rob J
      • 2 Years Ago
      Insert comment about; 1) government motors and socialism 2) robots taking hard working American jobs 3) the gifts falling apart after 3 years 4) how these gifts are much better value than their German counterparts 5) how a true patriotic American only gives gifts by true patriotic American robots Take your pick
      travis
      • 2 Years Ago
      Maybe I am just in a bad mood already form things going on here at work, but that was just stupid. Very disapointing
      JF
      • 2 Years Ago
      At least these robots don't drink nor toke on the job.
      Merc1
      • 2 Years Ago
      May as well, they've already built to many pickups and Malibus that aren't selling. M
        Danrar
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Merc1
        Not sure why this is a negative number. It's funny and true.
      protovici
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hummmmm.... Dont have to pay them, feed them, talk to them, no health insurance, and best of all no union unless the cyborgs come to life. Best replacement instead of UAW blood suckers.
      stevefazek
      • 2 Years Ago
      must be from the volt factory
      Billy Devine
      • 2 Years Ago
      Like the cars, those models where not made in America!
      Queryanalyzer
      • 2 Years Ago
      So the robots pull a sheet of wrapping paper, put the lid on a gift box.. that is all I can see them doing? Am I missing something? Poorly executed.. and the fake spot weld thing is just bad.
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      Audio recorded and compressed with a tomato.
      • 2 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      boylepke
      • 2 Years Ago
      dat license plate is priceless :D
      Agilis
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like it.
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